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29 Weeks Pregnant

Baby’s made a small jump in height this week but a giant leap in weight! And what you can do NOW to prepare for breastfeeding.

  • Baby at 29 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby Natural is around 2.75 pounds and 16 inches in length this week. So just a small jump in height from last week, but one giant leap in weight.

    This trend will continue for the next 11 weeks. Baby will grow a few inches in length, and double or perhaps triple in weight.

    And she needs those lbs, of course! The “white fat” she’s filling out with helps her store energy. Whereas the “brown fat” she developed months ago helped her generate and regulate her body temperature.

    Two fun facts about baby weight:

    1. Boys tend to weigh more than girls.
    2. Birth weight increases with the number of babies a mama has.

    In other news, baby natural is developing the buds for her permanent teeth right now—these choppers will lie dormant for 5–10 years before they make their debut.

    Isn’t it amazing how are bodies are prepared for adulthood even when we’re in the womb?

    29 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 29 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Hemorrhoids. Just the word alone makes me cringe. Because of our increased blood volume and estrogen production, some of us can struggle with the dreaded hemorrhoids.

    Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with these, but I know many mamas who did. Interesting to note, did you know that hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins in your anus?! Wild.

    Luckily, there are some natural things we can do to prevent and treat hemorrhoids. Let’s begin with prevention—here are some important things to do:

    • Stay well hydrated.
    • Don't get constipated. If you do, follow these tips.
    • Try not to sit for long stretches at a time. Every 15–20 minutes, get up and walk around to avoid putting too much pressure on your butt.
    • If you have varicose veins, wear compression socks.
    • Be sure you're eating at least 80 grams of protein and salting food to taste.
    • Use a squatty potty when eliminating to avoid unnecessary strain.

    Here’s more information on (and relief for) hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

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